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    For me it means finding somewhere isolated with plenty of space and a great view where I am unlikely to be surrounded by other vans or disturbed by none motorhomers. Most of our touring is in Spring, summer and Autumn so not always easy to achieve that Wilding utopia especially in July and August. I remember finding a fantastic spot in the French Alps once high up with tons of space and great views. Sadly it was visible from one of the minor roads along the valley and within a few hours there were half a dozen other vans which most annoyingly rather than pick out opposite corners of what was probably about five acres of space they had to form a row next to us didnt they.

    I sometimes go out on the scooter "scouting" for such places down lanes and remote areas when we are out and about and then just bookmark them on the GPS. It used to be a bit of an obsession of mine finding what I would class as the perfect 10 out of 10 wild spot but I never found it. They were always a 9 or a 9.5. The game would be over if I found a 10.

    Im as happy on one of our favourite CL sites though or an decent Aire in France as long as Im not hemmed in on either side. Nothing worse.

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    The more remote, the better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabsim View Post
    Presumably you mean off grid cos nobody wild camps really in a motorhome or camper? Very easy to get remote with a bivvy or tent and walking boots.

    I think for most wild camping will mean just stopping where they like at any time of the day or night.

    Personally I just like the freedom being in the van brings and being able to move at will (usually). I like remote off grid in the van but equally a patch at the side of the road, a car park with a view or a site with some facilities to empty out and recharge

    Then again some are just too tight to spend anything so wild camping means everything for free

    Just enjoy it, we arenít here that long
    That's not strictly true. I'm quite selective and hunt out small car parks well off the beaten track up single track lanes, an advantage to having an old van, so I'm unlikely to have another van turn up, but it seems you can't get away from the dog walkers and the KFC empty packet distributor, who sneaks up while you're asleep and deposits wrappers, despite being at least 20 miles from the outlet.
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    Remote, isolated and getting away from people and the hustle and bustle of life are completely wonderful if you're still lucky enough to have someone to share them with, as most of you do. Hold on tight and make the most of it We loved wilding when my husband was alive but now spend too much time alone for my liking, with plenty of time and solitude for contemplation, so there's no hustle and bustle for me to escape from. I live in an area surrounded by gorgeous countryside and have the coast and both the North and South Downs not far away, so no city or town to escape from either - and no busy, stressful job. Sometimes, I take the train up to London, just to experience some bustle I still adore being away in the motorhome, enjoy travelling and wilding with others or a few nights alone somewhere safe when I'm on the way to meet up with people but for me the joy is exploring on route, whilst knowing there'll be the company of others when I arrive.
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    Over the years we have changed completely our motorhoming style - probably to do with increasing confidence. Our first year of motorhoming (2006) we spent every motorhoming night on UK campsites (mainly the two big clubs). The following year we ventured overseas and tried out and enjoyed many French aires but still stayed on campsites at home. Now we only go on campsites for the absolute minimum time to do the normal housekeeping chores. We wild as much as we can. What is wilding to us? Remote spots where we feel secure (plenty of them up here in Scotland) although occasionally we like to be somewhere within cycling or walking distance of a small village or good pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borders2 View Post
    "Then again some are just too tight to spend anything so wild camping means everything for free" painting with a rather broad brush there.

    Not everyone has loads of dosh to spend willy nilly on bloody expensive camp sites.

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    Yes please exercise caution with sweeping statements. I free camp almost exclusively because I have such a small income. Two new front tyres has just seriously damaged my budget. If I free camp then I can go to the pub for a drink, local cafe or visit the place of interest so the local community will still benefit from my pitiful pound.
    I travel solo and am quite happy in an isolated place but appreciate a car park that allows overnight stops and means I don't have far to walk to explore the local community.
    I value the c&c club that gives me a senior single rate as I would be completely unable to afford commercial sites that start at £25 per night.
    When in Spain and France I exclusively use the aires.
    So I guess I am a free camper rather than a wild camper, but I can get a bit wild at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minisorella View Post
    Remote, isolated and getting away from people and the hustle and bustle of life are completely wonderful if you're still lucky enough to have someone to share them with, as most of you do. Hold on tight and make the most of it We loved wilding when my husband was alive but now spend too much time alone for my liking, with plenty of time and solitude for contemplation, so there's no hustle and bustle for me to escape from. I live in an area surrounded by gorgeous countryside and have the coast and both the North and South Downs not far away, so no city or town to escape from either - and no busy, stressful job. Sometimes, I take the train up to London, just to experience some bustle I still adore being away in the motorhome, enjoy travelling and wilding with others or a few nights alone somewhere safe when I'm on the way to meet up with people but for me the joy is exploring on route, whilst knowing there'll be the company of others when I arrive.
    I'm allowed out by myself sometimes and it's then that I really get to enjoy the freedom of the wilderness. Chris isn't so good on her pegs anymore and long walks in the country are a bit beyond her now so sites near some sort of civilization is the order of the day when we travel together.
    I do have the advantage of having been a European long distance driver for many years, so sleeping in lonely spots was the norm, quite often with Chris as passenger.
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    as an ex squaddie used to love going out with just backpack and a bivvybag and curling up on the ground i have woken to snow on outside of bag and nearly been run over i used to hike or canoe till i found a peaceful spot, but now iím older bones donít like the floor so canít really wildcamp, once your away on wheels i guess wildcamping has got to be anywhere that doesnít have services but realistically if your living in a 20/30/50/100k van you canít really be wildcamping can you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugbyken View Post
    as an ex squaddie used to love going out with just backpack and a bivvybag and curling up on the ground i have woken to snow on outside of bag and nearly been run over i used to hike or canoe till i found a peaceful spot, but now iím older bones donít like the floor so canít really wildcamp, once your away on wheels i guess wildcamping has got to be anywhere that doesnít have services but realistically if your living in a 20/30/50/100k van you canít really be wildcamping can you?
    Some of us aren't driving Vans with those prices. Mine is now 24 years old, so the odd hedge trim isn't the end of the road.

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    I’ve still got all my camping gear not used it for about six years but wild camping is different for us now days from this90719A67-DBF7-49DB-B6A4-A5B585F8BFB5.jpg
    To this in six yearsC6BC9799-ECCB-426E-8691-73E41B6C055C.jpg I still call it kinda wild camping first photo island of Barra 2nd island of Skye. Still got the tent and miss using it well kinda
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